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Beyond 10,000 Teachers: Bolstering Obama's STEM-Building Plans

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Rep. Mike Honda

This week, I introduced the Elevating Science Technology Engineering Mathematics Act. As a former educator for 30 years, this legislation means more to me than most -- STEM education remains woefully ill-equipped, and it shows.

U.S. Defense Industry Preventing Effective Strategies in Afghanistan

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

If we want good news on Afghanistan, we must free ourselves from the fetters of for-profit industry and boldly forge a new way forward.

Students' Dreams Too Promising to Pass Up

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

For longtime advocates of comprehensive immigration reform, we believe the DREAM Act, with its history of bipartisan and even US military support, is an important step in the right direction.

"Superman" Needed to Save Education System

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

We must not wait any longer for a superman or superwoman to fix the mess we have in our education system. The answer is known: It is in how we finance the system.

Model Minority Myth Mucking Up Asian-American College Pursuits

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Rep. Mike Honda

When it comes to acquiring a college degree, there is a general assumption that Asian Americans do it best. This assumption is both erroneous and dangerous.

Fannie Mae Must Stop Bankrolling Lawsuits Against Underwater Homeowners with Our Money

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

What do the American people get for investing $86 billion and owning an 80 percent share in Fannie Mae? Have many millions of homeowners who are delinquent on their Fannie mortgages been helped?

Calling for the Creation of Afghanistan-Pakistan Study Group

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

As America heads inexorably towards its tenth year of war in Afghanistan, it is clear that the end of this, America's longest war, is nowhere in sight.

BP Oil Spill's Latest Victims: Asian American Fishermen and Seafood Industry Workers

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

This threat to livelihood has serious implications for a community already struggling economically, having arrived in America as political refugees, resettled in unsatisfactory camp conditions, and remaining largely invisible and silent.

What's Wrong With the War in Afghanistan

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

We are funding corruption among all contractors. All too common is the story of a $7 million project landing on the ground with only $700,000 left to build the intended road, school or hospital.

This Congress, This Year: Families Facing Separation Counting on Immigration Reform

Steve Ralls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Ralls

Unlike their straight neighbors, gay Americans do not have the ability to sponsor their spouses or partners for residency in the United States. As a result, many of them are facing imminent separation.

Peace Activists Protest DNC Attack on Steele for War Criticism

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

As Americans working to end the war in Afghanistan, we write to express our deep disappointment and concern at the recent attack by the DNC on Michael Steele in response to his criticism of the war.

On Afghanistan, Michael Steele Speaks for Me

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Brad Woodhouse and the DNC owe all of us an apology for attacking Michael Steele on his Afghanistan remarks, but I would settle for a commitment not to engage in this sort of behavior in the future.

Justice Department Filing Judicious: Arizona Sees Day in Court

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

Obama's challenge of SB1070 is preventing a patchwork of immigration-related state laws that could lead to rampant racial profiling throughout our country, but that does little to fix our broken immigration system.

Culture Matters: Contributions and Innovations of Jewish Americans

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rep. Mike Honda

This May, I am honored to join my friends in the Jewish community in celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month, and to recognize the contributions made to our country by Jewish Americans.

Political Grandstanding in US Prevents Economic Opportunity in Cuba

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

The longer we keep Cuba listed as a state sponsor of terrorism, an allegation roundly criticized by diplomats, the more we risk the credibility of our national security regime and reputation in the region.

President Obama's Correct Call to Congress on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

Immigration reform can lead the way to a more prosperous and united America, one that is based on respect and fairness for the richness of our diversity, as opposed to one that is divided by our worst fears.

If Conservatives Are Serious About Fiscal Responsibility, They'll Oppose Afghan Funds

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

In funding the longest war in history, we are putting America further into debt with China and undermining our long-term sustainability as well as national security.

Vietnam War Continues in Laos: 75 Million Bombs Remain

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rep. Mike Honda

As part of its efforts during the Vietnam War, the U.S. carried out a nine-year bombing campaign in Laos that ultimately dropped 260 million cluster bombs on the country. Many of those bombs never detonated.

Honduran Coup: One Year Anniversary Beckons Better US Policy Towards Latin America

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rep. Mike Honda

There is an ever-growing gulf of political proportions gumming up U.S.-Latin-American relations, and it has nothing to do with BP and everything to do with Honduras, a country from which I recently returned.

Arizona Law Normalizes Racial and Ethnic Profiling

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

As a Japanese American who spent part of my childhood in an internment camp, I know all too well the effects of racial profiling. As legislators, we have the responsibility to nurture a united America, not one divided by our worst fears.

Online Politics: Why Mouse Awards Matter

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Rep. Mike Honda

My work in the New Media field has focused on making sure that people are receiving the information they want, and in the format they want, so that they can properly express their opinions and participate in the political process.

Earth Day Challenge: Green the Fast-Growing Gadget Industry

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rep. Mike Honda

Amidst an electronics boom is the discomfiting reality that growth will be coupled with a boom of another sort -- that of greenhouse gas emissions. Electronic gadgets account for roughly 15 percent of household electric consumption.

Hepatitis Gone Viral: 100 Times More Infectious Than HIV, Over 40 Americans Dying Daily

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rep. Mike Honda

Few realize how highly infectious viral hepatitis is. Hepatitis B is 100 times more infectious than HIV. Few realize that, left untreated, it can cause liver disease, liver cancer, and premature death decades after infection.

US and Canada: Peak Olympic Competitors, Poor Climate Performers

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rep. Mike Honda

It is remarkable that we use economic arguments to justify our inaction. The threat of climate change is not unlike the threat of war; yet, we don't decry spending tens of billions annually to protect our homeland.

BP Oil Spill: If We Fail This Moment, We Fail Our Country

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

18 million to 29 million gallons of oil have emptied into the Gulf since April 20. This is the worst single-incident environmental disaster in history. Will we learn from it?